Drogba back in I.Coast starting lineup

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iol news pic South Africa African Cup Soccer~12 AP Ivory Coast's head coach Sabri Lamouchi, from France, left, gestures to Didier Drogba to return to the pitch after he left for medical assistance during their African Cup of Nations group D match with Algeria Wednesday, Jan. 30 2013 at the Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa. The two other teams in group D are Tunisia and Togo. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

Rustenburg - Didier Drogba is back in Ivory Coast's starting lineup for the team's final Group D match at the African Cup of Nations.

The tournament favorites will be without Gervinho, Yaya Toure, Didier Zokora and goalkeeper Boubacar Barry. Gervinho and Toure both scored a goal in each of the first two matches.

With a quarterfinal berth secured, Ivory Coast coach Sabri Lamouchi had said he planned to make more changes to his lineup.

Manchester City defender Kolo Toure will also return to the starting lineup after being sidelined against Tunisia along with Drogba and a few other regular starters.

Drogba, newly signed by Galatasaray, entered the match against Tunisia in the 67th minute after being benched following a lackluster performance in the opener against Togo. - Sapa-AP

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